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Life of women is not only for marriage & husband: Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday questioned the practice of genital mutilation of minor girls prevalent in the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community and said that the sole purpose of a woman’s life is not just marriage and finding a husband.

In the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, the female genital mutilation (FGM) of minor girls is a common religious practice. During the hearing on the petition filed against the circumcision, the apex court said that genital mutilation of women can’t be just because they have to get married.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra observed that the practice is a violation of the privacy rights of women and the subjugation of women to their husbands is unconstitutional.  On the practice of genital mutilation of women from the Supreme Court, there has been a demand for a complete ban in India.

The SC said that such practice is a violation of the right to privacy of women and that this is a case of sexual sensitivity & health can be dangerous for them. The top court further said that it is the focal point of any person’s identity & this act is against a person’s identity.

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